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Posted on Thursday, May 15, 2014 - 08:47
Cities in developing countries with quality health, housing and water drainage systems, can more easily adapt to a changing climate, says the new Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report. David Satterthwaite, a leading expert on human settlements and one of the two coordinating lead authors of the urban chapter in the IPCC report, told IRIN the report’s message for urban centres... Read more
Posted on Tuesday, May 6, 2014 - 09:49
A Philippine city took center stage at the World Urban Forum (WUF) in Medellin, Colombia, organized by the United Nations. Cagayan de Oro City has been handpicked by the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), which spearheaded the world’s premiere conference on cities, as among the nine global intermediate cities. The other eight cities are Johor Bahru on the straits of Johor... Read more
Posted on Tuesday, May 6, 2014 - 09:11
We have, it seems, no difficulty in dealing with the idea of cities, historically or in day-to-day life across the world. Cities are often iconic and in many ways define national identity. On the whole, we like them. We have much more difficulty coming to terms with urbanisation – the process by which cities grow and change. China has just announced its very first "urbanisation policy", while... Read more
Posted on Wednesday, April 30, 2014 - 10:53
This paper focuses on one of the most promising strategies water utilities can use to develop broad public support: Embracing triple-bottom-line outcomes that deliver community benefits like jobs, business opportunities, green space, safer and more beautiful streets, and other local amenities. Selected policies and programs designed to catalyze community and economic development allow water... Read more
Posted on Monday, April 28, 2014 - 08:48
ECLAC Launches a New Edition of the Handbook for Disaster Assessment Since 1972, this organization has participated in the damage evaluation of more than 90 catastrophes that were responsible for around 310,000 deaths and affected the lives of 34 million people. (April 24, 2014) The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) launched today in Jamaica the third edition of the... Read more
Posted on Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 09:16
The first Earth Day was in 1970. It was created in the US to increase public awareness of environmental problems. Now, it’s celebrated every year by more than a billion people in 180 nations. Earth Day is credited with starting the environmental movement in the US and has helped sustainability become the core of development. So dire is the problem that a 2013 report from the United Nations’... Read more
Posted on Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 09:15
Developing countries are urbanizing fast. To meet the challenges that creates, city leaders must move quickly to plan, connect, and finance resilient and sustainable growth. A new World Bank report provides a framework to help. Cities are where development challenges and solutions meet. With the cities of emerging economies expected to double from 2 billion to 4 billion people between 2000 and... Read more
Posted on Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - 09:30
There's a lot of talking at the World Urban Forum. There's also a lot of pre-talking so that all the talking has a focus. The result is these concept papers that will guide many of the discussions in Medellín. All of which are pointed toward the general theme of the whole event: “Urban Equity in Development - Cities for Life”   Main concept paper for the WUF7 Urban Equity in Development -... Read more
Posted on Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - 09:07
Over 25,000 delegates have gathered in Medellin, Colombia for the seventh UN Habitats' World Urban Forum “Urban Equity in Development - Cities for Life”, where the dominant theme is equality and inclusion. Speaking at its opening of the public area, Dr Joan Clos, the UN Under-Secretary-General and UN-Habitat Executive Director, told the crowd: “There can be no sustainable development if... Read more
Posted on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 - 11:13
Urban areas around the world are becoming not just the dominant form of habitat for humankind, but also the engine-rooms of human and economic development as a whole. Over 50 per cent of the global population now lives in cities and it is expected that by 2050 seventy per cent (70%) of humanity will be urban. Urban population growth is predominantly taking place in cities in developing countries... Read more

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